Most visitors to South Africa come for two main attractions; the Kruger National Park (KNP) and Cape Town (Table Mountain). To put things into perspective, South Africa has many more to offer than these two wellk-known land marks. South Africa is sometimes also referred to as "A world in one country", due to the many different biomes, vegetation regions, attractions and conditions.
Of course, a safari in the KNP and/or adjacent areas is a truely wonderful experience, as well as visiting Cape Town. But allow us to provide you with more information about this awesome country.
Another "must" on your itinerary. At Elephant Whispers, you will have an opportunity to interact with these gentle creatures. Learn about their habits, their amazing physiology.
Elephant Whispers support the conservation of the African elephant in a safe and happy environment and is dedicated to securing the future of these majestic animals.
The interaction with the elephant offers you the opportunity to teel their constantly curious trunks, touch their rough skin, exchange trunk greetings and offer tasty treats, while learning about their behaviour, fascinating behaviour and history from the experienced Elephant Handlers. End your excursion with an Elephant Back Ride which will offer you a whole new experience.
Most Southern point of Africa
It was once believed that Cape Point, the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula, is the southern most tip of Africa. In fact, the southernmost point is Cape Agulhas, or Cape L'Agulhas, about 150 kilometres (90 mi) to the east along the coast line. This is also where the two oceans, the Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. The first European to reach the cape was the Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias on 12 March 1488, who named it the "Cape of Storms" as the cape has been known to sailors as a major hazard on the traditional route. The sea off Cape Agulhas is notorious for winter storms and mammoth rogue waves, which can range up to 30 metres (100 ft) high. This is caused by naturally strong winds which blow from west to east, and the cold Antarctic Circumpolar Current flowing in the same direction, colliding with the warmer Agulhas Current. These conflicting currents of water of different densities, and the west winds blowing against the Agulhas Current, can create extremely hazardous wave conditions, further exacerbated by the shallow waters of the Agulhas Bank, a broad, shallow part of the continental shelf which juts 250 kilometres (155 mi) south from the cape, after which it falls steeply away to the abyssal plain. Over the past few hundred years it has been believed that around 150 ships have sunk around Agulhas; notably the Arniston (1815), Cooranga (1964), Elise (1879), Federal Lakes (1975), Geortyrder (1849), Gouritz (1981), and Gwendola (1968). It was later renamed by John II of Portugal as "Cape of Good Hope" because of the optimism of a sea route to India and the East. The ruggedly beautiful landscape around the Southernmost Tip of Africa, has been proclaimed as the Agulhas National Park, protecting a rich biodiversity of indigenous flora and fauna, including thousands of wetland and sea birds, covering an area of over 20,000 hectares.
Wild Coast - The Wild Coast is in the Eastern Cape and is known for the most shipwrecks along the African coast; from there it s name. Its equally a beautiful lush coastal line with horseriding along the many unspoiled, undeveloped beaches. This areas is full of local Xhosa traditions and cultural heritage.
The Karoo might seem "boring" but is a semi-desert biome with wide open spaces. The national emblem, the Springbok is found in these (and other) areas, but not in the thick bushveld of the KNP.
Kgalagadi National Park
The Kgalagadi National Park is located in the Northern Cape, boundaring Botswana and have many lions roaming the semi-dessert park
Moholoholo is a wildlife rehabilitation centre. They treat orphaned and/or injured animals and allow visitors to experience a variety of animals "uo close and personal". As the describe their aim from their web site: "The main aim of our efforts is to raise awareness regarding our dying environment, not only in our own country but worldwide. Hopefully, when the world sees the Rehabilitation Centre on their TV screens, or when they visit our venues, they too might recognise that they have a problem in their own countries and that the wildlife of this world depends on humans to speak out on their behalf." An experience not to be missed; especially to hear a lion's roar close up.
The Garden Route is all along the South and Eastern coast of the Western Cape and Eastern Cape provinces. It is a beautiful route with an ecologically diverse vegetation (forest biome) and numerous lagoons and lakes along the route, ancient forests, secluded artists' communities, craft centres and some exceptional mountain hideaways and beach holidays resorts. This area also hosts the unique Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma indigenous forests which have a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and Temperate Forest vegetation. Many hiking trails and eco-tourism activities are available. Along the cost are many quaint coastal towns to enjoy the local scenery, culture and curios. This area also hosts a few other South African National Parks (i.e. Garden Route National Park, Wilderness National Park and sitsikamma National Park), and is the "sanctuary" of the endangered Southern Right and Humpback Whales which come to various beaches on the route to calve in the winter and spring (July to December). Other wildlife to be seen are soft coral reefs, bottlenose and common dolphins, killer whales, seals and a host of other marine life
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